Improvements for Shelburne exhibition grounds
First ox haul, horse pull May 12, 13
With community support and the volunteer efforts of the Shelburne County Agricultural Exhibition Committee and the South Western Riders Association, improvements are in the works for the Shelburne exhibition grounds as the two groups get ready for what promises to be a busy season.
A new roof for the light horse barn, enlarging the light horse riding ring to the standard size, and building more stalls to accommodate the influx of horses and riders expected this season are on the to-do list, says Billie Buchanan, vice-president for the South Western Riders Association.
“The light horse barn is in dire need of a roofing job,” said Buchanan. “I have been asking local businesses and community members to donate shingles to help with the cost of this large job. Shelburne Woodworkers was the first to respond with a donation of 25 bundles. Shelburne Stevedores followed in with another 25 bundles.
“With the help from the community we have reached a total of 105 bundles donated. We still need approximately 70 bundles but I believe we will reach our goal,” Buchanan said. “If anyone is interested in donating for this project they can stop into Woodworkers and they will gladly help them out. We will also be in need of workers to help with the shingling job. We are reaching out to some local contractors with hopes that they will step in and help us out.”
Buchanan said the South Western Riders Association has also received a $ 1,000 donation from Clearwater Seafoods to help with improvements to the riding ring, and donations of lumber from Richard Harris to help with some barn upgrades, including more stalls. Exhibition committee president Nick Stewart “has been a great supporter and has also put a lot of time into making this happen,” Buchanan said.
Harlow’s Construction is do- nating a dump box for the shingle removal.
The South Western Riders Association is a local horse riding club. In addition to holding eight to 10 clinics every year, they also host a light horse program for Exhibition Week (Aug. 7-11).
“The South Western Riders have a full schedule this summer,” Buchanan said, with lots of clinics and shows planned, including the Western Shore Barrel Racers, who will be putting on a show June 23 and 24, and again during the Shelburne County Exhibition on Aug 10 and 11.
This year marks 142 years for the Shelburne County Exhibition. The committee is a non- profit volunteer organization that receives “tremendous support” from the community, says Buchanan. In addition to ox hauls, horse pulls, mud runs for both ATVs and trucks, this year the exhibition committee is considering having an event for gas-powered remote-controlled trucks.
“We encourage people to come to our events throughout the year,” said Buchanan, noting the first ox haul is May 12, followed by the first horse pull May 13. Canteen services will be available.
Meanwhile, plans are well underway for this year’s exhibition. The theme for this year’s annual parade is: What’s your favorite movie?
“We encourage people to enter their garden vegetables, arts, crafts and baking again this year for the Country Kitchen,” said Buchanan.
“Vendors for the arena are always welcome. We will have local music entertainment that will be playing outside on the grounds this year,” she said, as well as entertainment in the arena, including karaoke night and the queen pageants. If anyone would like to volunteer to help with any these events or enter as a vendor, they are asked to contact exhibition manager Karen Cox.